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Flow

The Psychology of Optimal Experience

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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| Paperback | 9780061339202

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Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep en Continue

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    How far can autotelicity lead us?

    The theme of this book argue that we can be fully autotelic to find a satisfaction which will lift us above the sea of random events we cannot control. We are social animals, after all. I would doubt if we can really live against the expectation of s ...(continue)

    The theme of this book argue that we can be fully autotelic to find a satisfaction which will lift us above the sea of random events we cannot control. We are social animals, after all. I would doubt if we can really live against the expectation of social values or poverty to follow the inner call on its own terms. This is an ambitious thesis that the book author cannot finish proving. But I appreciate the beauty of the thesis and the piecemeal anecdotes all over the book.

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    Martingale Hill said on Sep 11, 2014 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    沒想到有這麼一本書讓我覺得「相見恨晚」!!

    它擺在我書架上好幾個月了,
    其實這段時間心情一直處於混亂狀態,
    也很懷疑到底該不該再相信這類的書。
    但偶然拿起來一翻,竟然就忍不住津津有味看下去了。
    看完覺得這本書帶給我全新的心境,
    壞就壞在書名的中譯實在太爛了,
    會讓人以為他只是坊間那種隔靴搔癢的心靈勵志書。

    簡單來說,這本書檢視了從古到今,到底怎樣的活動會讓人真正感到快樂,
    也就是會讓人在從事之間達到「心流」(flow)的狀態。
    他歸納了幾個重點,也就是說,這些活動是要去達到目標,在過程中得到 ...(continue)

    沒想到有這麼一本書讓我覺得「相見恨晚」!!

    它擺在我書架上好幾個月了,
    其實這段時間心情一直處於混亂狀態,
    也很懷疑到底該不該再相信這類的書。
    但偶然拿起來一翻,竟然就忍不住津津有味看下去了。
    看完覺得這本書帶給我全新的心境,
    壞就壞在書名的中譯實在太爛了,
    會讓人以為他只是坊間那種隔靴搔癢的心靈勵志書。

    簡單來說,這本書檢視了從古到今,到底怎樣的活動會讓人真正感到快樂,
    也就是會讓人在從事之間達到「心流」(flow)的狀態。
    他歸納了幾個重點,也就是說,這些活動是要去達到目標,在過程中得到回饋,且是有挑戰性的、有複雜性的。人們在從事這些活動時,會感到自己能掌控一切,甚至忘卻周遭環境,與時間的流逝。
    這本書也從感官之樂、知性之樂、工作、人際、人生等各方面來探討這些達到心流的條件。

    而為什麼說這本書讓我「相見恨晚」?
    因為我剛好處在人生迷惘的一個階段,
    懷疑自己為什麼要努力認真過生活,
    甚至心裡埋怨那些逼我要努力的社會與人際。

    然而這本書讓我感受到:人終究有追求複雜性、追求目標的本能。
    雖說放縱度日也是很快樂,
    但要追求真正的快樂,終究必須在生活中不斷有新的挑戰,
    否則只會越來越感空虛。

    另一方面,我也一直有太強的個人意識。
    太在乎別人是怎麼看我、對待我,
    一直覺得自己是被忽略的、被剝奪的,
    一直很在乎自己的表現。
    但在看這本書的過程中,我漸漸了解到自己幾乎從未體會過專注的快樂。
    太在乎自己,反而難以達到目標。
    而專注於所從事的事情,在當中忘我,反而能造就更複雜、擴張、堅強的自我。

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    蔡以誠 said on Jun 28, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    本書其實是一本十分重量級學術性著作
    會去找來看也是因為其內容太常被相關心理學書藉所引用
    只是其譯名跟書籍分類,就像之前有人提到的被有點不適合
    若是單純對心靈成長書有興趣而來讀的人來說,不免有點嚴謹到苦悶..
    至於看完的個人感覺,可能之前看了許多相關書籍引用或簡介本書研究內容,所以讀起來就沒有那麼覺得精彩,所以個人評價沒有到五星那麼高

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    Excellent abridged audiobook. I loved seeing the breakdown of flow activities and I understand more fully why I love the things I love to do and why I hate the things I hate to do.

    Will be a valuable tool to structured thinking in determining what I ...(continue)

    Excellent abridged audiobook. I loved seeing the breakdown of flow activities and I understand more fully why I love the things I love to do and why I hate the things I hate to do.

    Will be a valuable tool to structured thinking in determining what I'd like to do in the future.

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    audioreader said on Dec 5, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    "心流"一詞,頗能讓人體會沈浸在自己所熱愛的事物當中的感覺!

    幸福,取決於我們對外界事物的闡釋。而原來有些在別人看來十分枯燥重複的工作,也是有人可以從中進入心流的狀態,做得十分帶勁。

    最後一章有個很好的例子:
    如果父親是個殘暴的酒鬼,子女對這問題可以有數種不同的見解:他們可能告訴自己,父親是個該的混蛋;父親是人,人難免有缺點;父親的困境是貧窮造成的,要避免和他一樣的下場,就得設法賺錢致富;父親的行為是無知和未受教育所引起的。...子女選擇了不同闡釋方式,往往導向不同的人生。

    本書概念和NL ...(continue)

    "心流"一詞,頗能讓人體會沈浸在自己所熱愛的事物當中的感覺!

    幸福,取決於我們對外界事物的闡釋。而原來有些在別人看來十分枯燥重複的工作,也是有人可以從中進入心流的狀態,做得十分帶勁。

    最後一章有個很好的例子:
    如果父親是個殘暴的酒鬼,子女對這問題可以有數種不同的見解:他們可能告訴自己,父親是個該的混蛋;父親是人,人難免有缺點;父親的困境是貧窮造成的,要避免和他一樣的下場,就得設法賺錢致富;父親的行為是無知和未受教育所引起的。...子女選擇了不同闡釋方式,往往導向不同的人生。

    本書概念和NLP的一些基本假設,有異曲同工之妙!

    --------------------------------------
    20120403補充:
    想知道更多關於"flow"的內容,可以參閱"順流致富法則"這本書,有不同層面的詳細解說!

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    Jerry Lo said on Sep 23, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Il concetto di Flow è molto interessante e le varie tesi dell'autore mi sembrano lucide e attraenti. Forse è più facile la strada per raggiungere più situazioni possibili di flow nella propria vita!

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    TopoConGliOcchiali said on Aug 2, 2011 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 336 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0061339202
  • ISBN-13: 9780061339202
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • Publish date: 2008-07-01
  • Dimensions: 129 mm x 838 mm x 1,289 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Audio CD , Audio Cassette , eBook
  • In other languages: other languages 繁體書
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